April 10th, 2011

nerd gohan

Books 13–16/50

Title: Watership Down
Author: Richard Adams
Pages: 522 (well, more like 424 of story, 98 of SparkNotes in the edition I read)
Rating: 3/5

Watership Down has been on my to-read list for years – I first heard about it when I was reading the Redwall books in middle school – and I've just now gotten around to it. It was really slow read for the two thirds, but things started to pick up during the rabbits' encounters with other warrens. A decent tale that's full of fable, but not something I'd read again and again.

Title: Elsewhere
Author: Will Shetterly
Pages: 264
Rating: 3.5/5
Book: 14/50

In the '80s Will Shetterly and Emma Bull wrote a short story, "Danceland," for the Borderlands anthologies, and in the early '90s the pair expanded upon the story and its characters with three novels. I unintentionally read their works in reverse order of publication – Emma Bull's Finder, one of my favorite books of all time, is chronologically last, but I read it first after stumbling upon it back in high school. At first I didn't have much interest in Elsewhere, a prequel of sorts to "Danceland" that explains how Wolfboy (one of the two narrators of "Danceland") became Wolfboy, because it takes place before my favorite of Shetterly and Bull's characters enters the picture. Glad I finally read it, though, because it's an enjoyable work of urban fantasy.

Title: Her Fearful Symmetry
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Pages: 406
Rating: 3.5/5
Book: 15/50

Chilling. Haunting. Creepy. Was a little nervous to read this, since I love The Time Traveler's Wife and didn't want high expectations to ruin this book for me. But honestly? While both of Niffenegger's novels involve romances that transcend natural barriers, Her Fearful Symmetry is a completely different beast than Wife. A ghost story of sorts in which recently deceased Elspeth haunts the London flat her twin nieces have inherited, it starts off a bit slow but picks up and becomes rather twisted. Where Wife darker aspects made it heartbreaking and tragically romantic, Symmetry's twisty bits are downright unsettling, well-crafted they may be.

Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Author: John Green and David Levithan
Pages: 310
Rating: 4.5/5
Book: 16/50

Once again, a book that makes me proclaim my love for the YA genre. I love John Green, and while I have yet to read Levithan's solo works, I love his collaborations, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson is no exception. It's told in alternating chapters from the POV of two teenage boys named Will Grayson who meet by chance in a highly unexpected setting. Funny and heartwarming, prominent features include Tiny Cooper (a fabulously gay football player who becomes a key player in both Wills' lives) and multiple romances, but friendship is ultimately the star of the show. Love it, love it, love it.

16 / 50 books. 32% done!